Spokane Regional Networking, Social Media, Professional and Business Development
Can you please help me identify helpful "online" and "offline" networking groups and resources available in our local region for entrepreneurs and businesses?
I am putting a list together below, please let me know what I am missing. For example, I am looking for the following type of info:
Spokane Area Networking Groups and Resources for Entrepreneurs and Businesses
Online (link to be provided for all)
I love your suggestion Karen. Thanks for the insight!
A couple of groups top of mind:
Offline - National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) - www.nawbonw.org
Offline - Community-Minded Enterprises - www.community-minded.org/economic
Online/Offline - Spokane Entrepreneurs Meetup Group - www.meetup.com/the-spokane-entrepreneurs-meetup-group
There are definitely a lot of niche groups out there, too. I love the entrepreneurial spirit here in Spokane. I moved here from the Silicon Valley and worked with a lot of entrepreneurs/start-ups in my former career. This said I feel like the "opportunity" is truly open to EVERYONE here -- perhaps, because it is such a close-knit community. The local support is amazing!
I know we will be talking more...
The New Ventures Lab/Hogan Program at Gonzaga University provides resources to help with development of business plans.
Spokane Neighborhood Economic Development Alliance (SNEDA) offers small business & micro-lending loan programs - contact Mark Wrenn or Thomas Speight at 444-7633 for more info.
Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) also has a loan program for eligible small businesses.
Bill, we have been trying to build this info over the years and we are looking to find a more comprehensive list to link to - here is a link to a list of partners on our sitehttp://www.developingspokane.org/links/default.aspx.
Bill, I'm not sure if this fits your request but there is a wonderful government financing program for businesses that can't obtain institutional loans. The Tri County Economic Development is based in Colville but serves numerous counties.
Call (509) 684-4712. TEDD can provide financing your for new, existing or expanding business in Eastern Washington (Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, and rural Spokane Counties), the Rural Opportunities Loan Fund at the District may be able to help.
I am not affiliated with Tri County other than I volunteer some time for them.
Hi Bill --
Here are a few others that haven't been mentioned:
Sorry I'm late in finding this conversation! The resources above (and others) are all listed on the library's business page: http://www.spokanelibrary.org/index.php?page=research&cat=findt...
I'm excited to take everyone's suggestions and make sure that they make it onto my library resources page!
Bill: SCORE has an online version of its Small Business Resource Guide for Eastern WA and North Idaho online. It can be accessed at: http://www.scorespokane.org/resources.php.
To all the others in the community, I will be updating the above guide in the near future and would welcome your ideas on additional content that should be added, space permitting. We print about 2,500 of the guides at a time, so we can't add everything we want, but at least we are not lumped together with Seattle as in the SBA Resource Guide.
I also have a 20-60 minute presentation that I do on both online and local resources in the area that I would be glad to do for LaunchPad sometime.